- Girl likes boy, boy is oblivious
- Girl dumps steady boy for new "bad" boy
- Girl and boy suffer comical misunderstanding
- Boy dumps girl
- Boy knocks over a display case of peanuts at the drugstore and can't afford prom tickets
Here are a few fifties teen romance heroines and the boys they have to choose between:
Tobey Heydon (Practically Seventeen by Rosamund du Jardin)
Tobey has to choose between her longtime beau Brose Gilman, who is quite tall, has “brown hair with a little curl”, and is strong and silent and college boy Dick Allen, who is tall with nice, broad shoulders, brown hair and has blue eyes "with a little twinkle." Sigh. Life is hard for poor Tobey!
Fran Mathushek (Senior Trip by Marjorie Holmes)
While on her senior trip to Washington, D.C., Fran tries to make up her mind between her high school beau Nicky Lomax--the handsomest boy in class, with "alert, good-humored brown eyes and a very curly mop of black hair" and Sgt. Vance Crandall, who is "tall and erect", and has warmth, force and vigor, strength and confidence. Quite the decision.
Bonnie Schuyler (Candy Stripers by Lee Wyndham)
Bonnie has an even harder decision to make, this time between three boys: her almost steady--Rock Hamilton, Hamilton High's star athlete; David Adams, the older hospital intern with gray eyes and clean-cut face; and Cliff Coburn, the handsome, but distant next-door neighbor who's smart and plays in a swing band.